Finn Russell Scotland coach Gregor Townsend says team needs to be ‘spot-on’ against Japan

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SHIZUOKA –Scotland will have to be “spot-on” when it takes on Japan on Sunday for a place in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, coach Gregor Townsend has warned.

The Scots, with Adam Hastings shining at fly-half, notched up a nine-try, 61-0 drubbing of winless Russia on Wednesday to ensure a mouth-watering showdown with the hosts in Yokohama next week.

Japan is unbeaten in its three Pool A matches, having notably claimed the shock scalp of Six Nations giants Ireland.

“All aspects of our game have to be spot-on against Japan,” Townsend said, underlining that his team had to make the best use of the ball when in possession against what he called a very well-drilled Japanese outfit.

Scotland opened its campaign with a 27-3 defeat by Ireland before rebounding to rack up an impressive 34-0 victory over Samoa.

“The Ireland game is already in the history books, it was a missed opportunity where we didn’t get our best game in place,” Townsend said.

“You move on to the next game and what the players have done since that Ireland game, I couldn’t ask any more of them.

“It’s two games now we haven’t conceded a try or even a point, which is very encouraging.”

Townsend added: “If we hadn’t got the bonus point, Sunday would have been more difficult.”

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